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True Work Romance Stories

True Work Romance Stories

Copiled by AdminSecret and Monster

August 24, 2008

This article first appeared on Monster

Finding a romantic partner on the job represents the ultimate blending of your work and personal life. And some people are more successful at navigating this junction than others, as evidenced from the 60-plus Monster members who told us about their brushes with office romance. Many found spouses, while others came away with heartache — and the need to change jobs.

These stories will inspire you — either to pursue your own workplace love affair or to date exclusively outside the office.

A Happy Ending

When I first met my beau, I was struggling with the idea of whether to get out of a miserable marriage. I had been married for approximately 13 years with three beautiful daughters and just returning to the workforce after a hiatus of six years. I chose to take a job where I was grossly underpaid, so in retrospect, I feel that the real reason for my taking this job was to meet Scott. It was meant to be. You can’t fight karma.

Scott became my rock, my advisor, my friend. Of course, we proceeded with caution. We both felt it was wrong to have an all-out physical relationship with me still being legally married. In reality, I had not felt like I was married for a long, long time. Scott and I had such an attraction to each other, such chemistry, that it was extremely difficult to not tackle each other right in the office. We both fought the passion, but in the end, the pheromones were just too powerful, and nature took its course. It wasn’t just raw animal attraction, however; we forged a real friendship with genuine concern for each other. We became each other’s best friend and still are today. We will be celebrating our fifth Valentine’s Day together and are very happy. We truly feel like kindred spirits, fated to be together."

I met my future husband, Barry, in 1973, when he was hired as my replacement as a fleet manager. I was moving into another position in the same department. He was engaged to be married, and in fact did get married four months after I met him. In 1975, I married another man. Barry and I stayed friendly as coworkers. Barry’s marriage ended in divorce a couple of years later. My marriage also ended in divorce in 1982.

One day, Barry had to bring our boss’s car to his house, and I had to follow him. On the way back to the office, we decided to stop for lunch. I told him that I had just broken up with my husband, and he said that maybe that would give us a chance to go out. I was not ready to date yet, but Barry was persistent. I went out with him for his birthday and kept seeing him after that. About eight months later, at his friend’s wedding, he asked me to marry him. I said yes. We got married in 1985 and have a wonderful 19-year-old son who is in college."

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